On-Demand Database Service {Comments Off on On-Demand Database Service}

by Alexander V

Amazon Web Services started a pay-by-the-hour service for Oracle databases that will compete with Microsoft SQL Azure. Both these services are cloud services. The name of Amazon’s new pay by the hour service is Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) and it will be available licensing models. One licensing model allows you to use a license that you already own and the other model allows you to buy a license from Amazon. “The new service will likely appeal to Oracle database developers, letting them spin up and down instances as needed and scale to required capacity.” Both models sold by Amazon provide the same features which allow users to do common database administration work such as backup and software patching. RDS is offered in “five database instance classes,” each meeting different levels of needs. The fees for RDS  are $0.11 to $3.40 per hour and “discounts up to 48% are available with one-time, up-front payments for one-year and three-year terms.” read more...

Google offers your music from anywhere. {1}

by George A
This article covers the information regarding Google’s music beta service. Since the article was written the service has been opened to invite only.  The service allows users to store their music in the cloud and not on their devices. Then the user will be able to stream it from anywhere.  Currently users can have up to 20,000 songs uploaded which are about 100 gigabytes of music. Some users have been given more space to around 1 terabyte. Some issues have arisen regarding getting licenses from Sony and Universal Music Group. As the service has progressed Google has streamlined the process meaning the users do not have to make direct uploads to Google’s cloud – they just need to let Google scan the files on their computer. The music is then opened up to the user on the cloud and played from a copy of the song that is already there. read more...

Dropbox for Teams: Cloud Storage for Business {2}

by Daniel L
Many of us have either heard of or used Dropbox to move our files between computers and other devices.  Dropbox has grown to become a recognized internet based file hosting provider and go-to service for backing up files primarily for individual consumers.  Dropbox wants to change that by reaching out to business users as well.  There are a lot of businesses out there who have employees that like to share files and documents with their coworkers and clients, and have used the Dropbox services in the past.  To help provide more solutions for businesses, Dropbox has developed a business-oriented version of their service called Dropbox for Teams.  Typically, individuals who start a Dropbox account, have access to 2GB of storage at no cost, businesses  with a Dropbox for Teams service on the other hand, start with 1TB of storage that five users can share, with a price tag of $795 dollars a year.  It is important to note that if the users that are sharing the 1TB of space end up needing more storage, they can add as much as they need, upon Dropbox’s approval and quota.  At first, the price for the 5 user Dropbox for Teams service may sound quite expensive, but if you were to compare the individual plans with 100GB of storage at $239.88 a year, with the $159 per person price-tag of a Dropbox for Teams service with potentially unlimited storage, the Team option is the clear cut winner for business oriented cloud storage needs. read more...

Sencha’s Cloud Service {Comments Off on Sencha’s Cloud Service}

by Luis F
The article is about a JavaScript framework provider, Sencha, releasing a beta mobile cloud service called  It provides four different services, login, data, messages, and deployment. allows developers to create “shared experiences” over a browser with a few lines of JavaScript code to store data, send and listen for messages, deploy apps, or login users via Facebook or Twitter.  The service is outlined from the article as: read more...

OnLive is almost where it needs to be. {2}

by George A

OnLive is a cloud based gaming service. The company uses emulation on their hardware to provide games that are streamed to your computer’s web browser. This allows people who normally don’t own computers with good enough hardware to run games that have very high graphics. This is also an option for someone running Mac OS X. The user accesses the OnLive website and then downloads a small file which opens a web browser on execution. The catalog of games is shown to them. Users can rent specific games, pay monthly, play a demo for free or purchase a game for close to the original price. The save data for their games is saved on the server so that they can pick up where they left off.  The tablet application is in development. OnLive also offers the micro console which allows users to play games via their home TV and without a need for their own computer. This is priced at £69.99 and offers an HDMI output. According to the article the service run perfectly on a 10mpbs internet speed. read more...

Cloud Computing Brief Analysis {1}

by Dean H

Cloud computing has definitely been a hot topic within the recent IT industries. However, due to its nature it is very easy to confuse Cloud computing with other previous introduced technologies. As the matter of fact, many analysts have different definitions toward “Cloud computing.  Some people define it as a updated version of utility computing: virtual servers available over the internet. Others claim that whatever a company consumes outside of the firewall is “in the cloud”. According to the article, Cloud computing can be defined as a way to increase capacity or add capabilities on the fly without investing into new infrastructure, training new staff, or licensing new software. read more...

Oracle talks about Fusion Applications and their new Public Cloud {2}

by Asbed P
Like I mentioned last week, Larry Ellison, Oracle’s CEO, announced many new products during Oracle’s OpenWorld conference’s opening Keynote including applications, database software, a new public cloud, and hardware for both databases and analytics.  In the following days Ellison went into greater detail about their new Fusion Applications and also talked about the new Oracle Public Cloud and why it’s going to be one of the better clouds available in the market.  First of all, Ellison announced the general availability of Oracle Fusion Applications, which includes many new tools, and talked about how it will modernize existing applications like PeopleSoft, Seibel, Hyperion, and their own E-Business Suite.  Ellison said the result is over 100 products “all rewritten on top of modern technology” during the past six years.  He also revealed that these applications are designed to run either on local servers or in the cloud.  He also mentions that the platform will run industry standard middleware and languages, specifically Java and BPEL, and that Oracle has built their security into the Middleware and not the applications allowing all applications to run securely including customer made apps or extensions to basic Oracle apps.  The cloud that these apps will run on is called the Oracle Public Cloud, which is built on industry standards and can work with other clouds and local data centers.  The cloud has layers of databases, Java, data, and security services with the apps, once again including custer made apps and extensions. read more...

Should We Update Electronic Privacy Act {4}

by Jintien C
This article is about Electronic Communications Privacy Act(ECPA). ECPA was introduced in 1986, but since then it has not been changed a lot. Technology has brought many different ways that people communicate such as cell phones, search engines, social networking sites and so forth. In the meanwhile, these technologies also help and gather more user’s information to the government. One of big reasons that ECPA has not been updated is discouraged from law enforcement agencies. On the other end, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and several other activist groups are trying to push ECPA reform. read more...

Oracle CEO Talks About What’s To Come {2}

by Asbed P
On Sunday October 2nd, CEO of Oracle Larry Ellison, talked about the future of the company during Oracle’s OpenWorld 2011 conference.  He started off by mentioning to the crowd that just because they bought Sun doesn’t mean they were going to stop producing hardware.  He even made a joke about it saying “I guess we didn’t get the memo.”  He then began describing Apple’s business model of developing hardware and software together and used them as an example of what he wants Oracle to become.  Instead of having different companies designing and developing different parts of their machines, he wants everything to be done by them so that it can flow together better. Later on he also began unveiling all the new hardware Oracle has been working on including the Exalogic system which is composed of high end hardware and the Exalogic Elastic Cloud software.  Ellison says Oracle has designed this system to beat out IBM’s P series in performance and pricing.  He also revealed a slew of other hardware and software that will be released soon. read more...

Cloud Computing and IT {3}

by Joe C

Cloud computing is making it easier for start up companies to take off as businesses can pay for the exact processing power they need. The rise of cloud computing is changing the IT market in that less IT positions will be needed, but instead businesses will be looking for desired skill sets. In particular, emerging skills include data mining, web analytics and statistics, and business intelligence. Computer science is constantly changing so students are slowly being taught to specialize in certain fields when they get out of college. Of course, they are taught the basics such as javascript and flash so they can at least start figuring out what to do when thrown in any direction. There are benefits of both generalization and specialization. In small companies, you will be the IT guy everybody goes to so you will need a decent understanding of everything. As with bigger companies, cloud computing is allowing companies to go process very detailed and advanced techniques so you will have to be able to handle advanced concepts and scaling. Overall, with all these emerging changes, the best type of employee that employers will want to hire are those who can easily change and adapt to these volatile conditions. read more...